November 3, 2006
Reverse Polish logic
Under the headline “Darwin under fire in Poland,” Spiegel Online has this depressing little item:
Poland’s deputy education minister has called for Polish schools to ditch Darwinism in favor of creationism. His party is also well known for gay bashing and for wanting to introduce the death penalty.
… Orzechowski is intent on keeping Darwinism from falling into the wrong heads. In a recent interview, he com-
mented that it was “sad” that the “lie” of the evolution theories of Charles Darwin were being taught in Polish schools, and called for a debate on whether Darwin’s theories should be purged from the school curriculum.
Orzechowski’s position is not totally surprising. The minister belongs to the ultra-Catholic rightwing party the League of Polish Families (LPR), a junior partner in Poland’s conservative government. Other European governments have been alarmed by the LPR’s campaigns against gay rights, their purported anti-Semitism, their support for an abortion ban, and their calls for a re-introduction of the death penalty (something which would be illegal under European Union law).
Orzechowski believes that creationism, which he described as a “truth of civilization” that has been “confirmed by thousands of generations”, should be taught instead of Darwinian theories. The Darwinist idea that apes and people were related was “pseudo-science” for “non-believers,” he said.
… Orzechowski is not the first in the LPR to come out in favor of creationism. LPR Member of the European Parliament Maciej Giertych organized a creationism conference at the European Parliament in October, where he said Darwinism should not be taught in schools. Giertych, who is a biology professor by trade, claimed that humans had had contact with dinosaurs and that Neanderthals continue to live among us.
And apparently they live in Poland.
Nie, a Polish newspaper, has a different theory. In an article on Orzechowski and his fellow creationist crazies, it noted that some people clearly had “donkeys rather than apes as their ancestors.”
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